Trump Administration Puts Iran ‘On Notice’ Over Recent Behavior, Including ‘Provocative’ Ballistic Missile Test
The Trump administration is “officially putting Iran on notice,” US National Security Adviser Michael Flynn announced on Wednesday.
Addressing reporters at the daily White House press briefing, Flynn said, “Recent Iranian actions involving a provocative ballistic missile launch and an attack against a Saudi naval vessel conducted by Iran-supported Houthi militants underscore what should have been clear to the international community all along about Iran’s destabilizing behavior across the entire Middle East.”
“The recent ballistic missile launch,” Flynn continued, “is also in defiance of UN Security Council resolution 2231, which calls upon Iran not to undertake any activity related to ballistic missiles designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons, including launches using such ballistic missile technology. These are just the latest of a series of incidents in the past six months, in which Houthi forces that Iran has trained and armed have struck Emirati and Saudi vessels, and threatened US and allied vessels transiting the Red Sea. In these and other similar activities, Iran continues to threaten US friends and allies in the region.”
“The Obama administration,” Flynn stated, “failed to respond adequately to Tehran’s malign actions — including weapons transfers, support for terrorism, and other violations of international norms. The Trump administration condemns such actions by Iran that undermine security, prosperity, and stability throughout and beyond the Middle East and place American lives at risk.”
Flynn went on to say, “President Trump has severely criticized the various agreements reached between Iran and the Obama administration, as well as the United Nations — as being weak and ineffective. Instead of being thankful to the United States for these agreements, Iran is now feeling emboldened.”
“As of today, we are officially putting Iran on notice,” Flynn concluded.
New US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley called Iran’s action “absolutely unacceptable.”
Israel’s UN envoy Danny Danon said in a statement on Monday, “Iran has once again defied Security Council resolutions and revealed its true intentions. The international community must not bury its head in the sand in the face of this Iranian aggression. The Security Council members must act immediately in response to these Iranian actions which endanger not only Israel, but the entire Middle East.”
Watch Flynn’s remarks below: